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Patricia Forrester: A Swimming Phenom

12 year old swim phenom Patricia Forrester 12 year old swim phenom Patricia Forrester
Bill Forrester won an Olympic Medal in the '76 Olympics Bill Forrester won an Olympic Medal in the '76 Olympics
Trish Broke a 22 year old record in the 50 Yard Freestyle at the Savannah City Meet Trish Broke a 22 year old record in the 50 Yard Freestyle at the Savannah City Meet

She was already swimming at age 2.

By age 4 she was on a swim team.

1976 Olympic medalist Bill Forrester says, "Ever since she's been highly competitive and loves to race and swim and that's the biggest part. She loves to race and she does a great job at it."

And Bill would know, because she is Patricia Forrester, his daughter. And in this case, the apple doesn't fall to far from the family tree.

 "My dad, he put me in swim lessons to see if I could swim and I thought it was pretty cool." says Patricia.

And at age 12 she's breaking records. At the Savannah City Meet, she broke the 22 year old record in the 50 yard freestyle..

Perhaps by age 17 she'll be an Olympian

Patricia says, "I hope so, I really want too, that's one of my dreams."

With her family history it's a dream that can become a reality.

Trish says, "I think it's pretty cool that he's my coach and my dad because he was an Olympian."

Bill Forrester, "It was kind of surreal. When you make the Olympic team, you walk around in a daze thinking okay this is not a dream, it is really happening."

And he's taught his daughter a thing or two swimming in the deep end.

"I've learned that it takes a lot of hard work." she says.

Bill Forrester, "For the most part, she trusts in what I say and she does the best she can every day in practice and when she goes to meets, I'm very proud of her."

Reported by: Melissa Maikos, mmaikos@wtoc.com

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